Against de­vel­op­ment on He­lena Street

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS -

I’m writ­ing to bring aware­ness to a side street that is in need of sig­nif­i­cant re­struc­ture and sup­port. That street is East and West He­lena, in spe­cific, where it in­ter­sects with North Mount Olive.

To the west, it is the most di­rect road ac­cess to North Mount Olive for Wood Creek Apart­ments, and the 10 apart­ments ad­ja­cent to it. Wood Creek has eight struc­tures, with sev­eral apart­ments within each. Ad­di­tion­ally, yards away are du­plexes where He­lena turns into Wright Street. Be­hind the com­plex is wooded area with no out­let.

On East He­lena there’s Wil­low Court: a sub­di­vi­sion with road ac­cess only avail­able to He­lena. Fur­ther east, onto Britt Street, there’s more du­plexes, and then Rem­ing­ton Apart­ments. Thank­fully, ten­ants can travel north to Cheri Whit­lock as op­posed to He­lena.

Cur­rently, two ve­hi­cles can­not pass at the same time on He­lena. At its widest point, it’s only 17 feet. The amount of traf­fic it bears is in­cred­i­ble, spec­u­la­tively due to dense multi-fam­ily hous­ing

nearby. Cur­rently, there is a re­quest to re­zone the lot on the corner of East He­lena and North Mount Olive, with in­ten­tions to jump from an R2 to an R4 zone, adding nine more apart­ments on a con­gested corner lot that cur­rently houses one (un­kempt) rental home.

Sur­round­ing neigh­bors are ex­tremely con­cerned

(and op­posed) and have vo­cal­ized their cur­rent strug­gles with traf­fic, safety, drainage and noise, in ad­di­tion to the prox­im­ity of two ele­men­tary schools and chil­dren who walk th­ese roads to school. We ve­he­mently op­pose more multi-hous­ing units on He­lena Street.

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